Nicole-458

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Nicole-458
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Biographical information

Homeworld:

New Legaspi, Katagalugan, Mars

Born:

December 19, 2531

Species:

Human

Gender:

Female

Height:

6' 8"

  • 7' 2" (in armor)

Hair color:

Black

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Rank:

Petty Officer, Second Class

Service number:

S-458

 

Petty Officer, Second Class Nicole-458 is a SPARTAN-II supersoldier in the United Nations Space Command's Naval Special Warfare Command.

Biography[edit]

Nicole was born on December 19, 2531 in the city of New Legaspi in the state of Katagalugan on Mars. At the age of six, she was abducted by agents of the Office of Naval Intelligence and conscripted into the second class of the SPARTAN-II program.[1]

According to her character biography, Nicole has Type O blood, and is of Filipino descent. Her hobbies include competition shooting and watching anime. She is also mentioned as liking the Filipino dessert halo-halo.[1]

Canon status[edit]

Nicole was introduced as an unlockable character for the fighting game Dead or Alive 4, with a non-canonical in-universe backstory crafted to explain her presence in the game. Team Ninja originally asked to use John-117, but Bungie declined, due to fictional constraints.[1] Bungie and 343 Industries have confirmed that Nicole is "based on a 'real' and properly defined Spartan", but her appearance in Dead or Alive 4 is non-canonical. The extent of her character's canonicity remains unknown.[2][3]

Non-canon biography[edit]

In October 2552, Nicole-458's unit was preparing for a classified mission on Nassau Station when the ONI stealth ship UNSC Apocalypso tumbled into real space – being carried along in the wake of a freak slipspace anomaly. The anomaly intersected Nassau Station, creating a semi-stable "bubble" in the space-time continuum on its way back to the 21st century. For the time being, Nicole-458 is trapped in the 21st century; she guards Nassau Station's secrets with anything but lethal force, as she realizes that killing someone in the past could have dire consequences in the future. She waits for the "bubble" to collapse and hopefully return her to the year 2552.[1]

Character design[edit]

"And that's how you hit like a girl."
— SPARTAN-458

Nicole's movement controls were originally modeled on the character Bayman's set. Designer Tomonobu Itagaki realized a simplistic and effortless palette-swap would be boring to both fans of Dead or Alive and Halo. The Bayman moves were then treated as a starting point until the designers reinvented the Spartan as a unique and exceptional character with every move in her arsenal paying homage to a Halo move.[4] In keeping with the idea of English being the language of the UNSC, Nicole is the only character in Dead or Alive 4 who speaks English, although she occasionally speaks Japanese. When a taunt is used Nicole smacks her fist into her open palm and activates active camo.

Unique attacks[edit]

Nicole-458 has several unique moves. Most of them are named in reference to the Halo series.

  • Slipspace Straight Combo: YYY or YYY
  • Pillar of Autumn: YY→YYY or YY→YYY
  • Grunt Punt Combo: YY→YYB or YY→YYB
  • Covenant Crusher: YYBB or YYBB
  • Dead on Arrival: YB
  • MAC Lunge: ┘Y
  • Pelican Straight: Y
  • Tank Treads: ↑YY
  • SPARTAN Straight Combo: →YYY
  • Ghost Destroyer Combo: →YBY
  • Orbital Aggression: →YBB
  • Augmented Assault: ←YY
  • Warthog Tackle: ←→Y
  • Brute Basher: →Y
  • Assault Fist: ←Y

Quotes[edit]

  • "Hostile located." (Said before starting a fight)
  • "Your luck just ran out." (Said before starting a fight)
  • "And that's how you hit like a girl." (Upon winning a round)
  • "Hostile down." (Upon winning a round)
  • "You were strong, just not as strong as me." (Upon winning a round)
  • "Contact neutralized." (Upon winning a round, without losing health)
  • "You have no business up here." (Said in Timetrial cutscene)
  • "Forget what you saw here." (In Japanese upon winning two rounds without losing health)
  • "Enough is enough." (Said before starting a fight)
  • "I'll take you on." (In Japanese, said before starting a fight)
  • "I'll put you out of your misery." (In Japanese, said before starting a fight)
  • "The bad day you're having just got worse." (Said before starting a fight)
  • "You ain't gonna make it." (Said before starting a fight)
  • "Leave now; there's nothing here but a shortcut to hell." (Said in Timetrial cutscene)

Gallery[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bungie.net: Building a Spartan
  2. ^ Screen capture of Evil Otto's post
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint forumsCanon question to 343i about Nicole
  4. ^ 1UP: DOA Meets Halo

See also[edit]